|E100 Week 8:The Fall of Israel - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
"The fall of Israel" is a theological (not historical) title. This five covers almost the whole history of the Israelite kingdoms from David to the destruction of Jerusalem. The Deuteronomistic History (Joshua-Kings) from which they all come (cf. remarks on Judges) tell the story with the end in view, one important goal of these books is to explain the fall of Jerusalem and the exile. So this is a good selection to understand what is going on: 1...
Keywords: bible; david; judah; kings
|E100-34: 1 Samuel 23:7 - 24:22: Two noble opponents - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Just when you begin to wonder if any Bible story is really suitable for simple Sunday School reading, and have begun to suspect that the Bible has no message but: Humans are broken and need mending, humnans are sinful and therefore they keep spoiling God's lovely world and hurting each other. Along comes a story to remind us of another truth... Just as the story of Ruth followed the grime of Judges, so now in 1 Samuel 24 we get a story, set amid the war and political jostling of the beginnings o...
Keywords: 1 Samuel; Narrative; biblical narrative; Saul; David
|E100-42: Psalm 51:1 - 51:19: Have mercy on me - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
The biblical text tells us how to read this psalm. Whether or not we agree with those who see the words âbuild the walls of Jerusalemâ at the end as a reference to the need to (re)build after the destruction of 586, and so (perhaps along with other reasons) see the psalm as actually written later, we are told to read the psalm against the story of David's sin and Nathan's visit NB: the headings like are often printed as if they had less authority than the big bold headings Bible publishers ad...
Keywords: psalms; psalm 51; david; bible; biblical study
|E100-36: 2 Samuel 11:1 - 12:25: David and Bathsheba? - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
These two chapters mark the turning point in David's story. They offer vital clues also to how we "read" biblical narratives. * Nathan's story within a story provides hints, abouit the nature of narrative meaning * David's strange behaviour during his child's illness and on his death provides both a clue to an interpretative rule, and some good practice :)
Keywords: 2 Samuel; Narrative; biblical narrative; Bathsheba; David